Each year the Library hosts readings, lectures, and discussions by authors and other public figures. You may watch video recordings of recent programs on our YouTube channel. Our archive of audio recordings goes back more than 10 years and includes thousands of memorable Library events.
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Laila Lalami reads from her new novel 'The Moor’s Account'
Laila Lalami talks about her book, "The Moor's Account," an imagined memoir of the first black explorer of America -- an educated slave and Moroccan Muslim who was left out of the history books.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 26.38MB] [Play time: 0 hr 57 min]
Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Robert Cantwell
Join us for a conversation between T.V. Reed, author of "Robert Cantwell and the Literary Left: A Northwest Writer Reworks American Fiction," and writer Jess Walter
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 32.15MB] [Play time: 1 hr 10 min]
Clarion West presents John Crowley
Author John Crowley -- writer of science fiction, fantasy and literary mainstream fiction and a 2014 Clarion West Writers Workshop instructor -- reads from a work in progress.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 28.45MB] [Play time: 1 hr 02 min]
The Emotional Aspects of Caregiving
Karen Kent discusses the emotional aspects of caregiving and coping techniques for both the care giver and care receiver.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 25.78MB] [Play time: 0 hr 56 min]
William Wyckoff reads from 'How to Read the American West: A Field Guide'
See our country's landscape in new ways as William Wyckoff, author of "How to Read the American West," discusses the natural and human history of the American West.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 23.71MB] [Play time: 0 hr 51 min]
The Caregiver's Toolbox with Erika Campbell
Get an overview of resources and tricks of the trade for family caregivers and adults with aging parents.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 21.83MB] [Play time: 0 hr 47 min]
Beacon Hill 10 Year Anniversary: Ken Mochizuki
Ken Mochizuki, author of "Beacon Hill Boys," reads from his work, followed by an open mic for local writers.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 24.99MB] [Play time: 0 hr 54 min]
Beacon Hill 10 Year Anniversary: Design Panel, July 12
Hear architects, librarians, and library users talk about the design and building of the new Beacon Hill Branch, celebrating 10 years since opening.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 25.71MB] [Play time: 0 hr 56 min]
Thrilling Tales: July 7, 2014
Celebrate Seafair with two nautical tales by William Hope Hodgson: "On the Bridge" and "The Mystery of the Derelict." Recorded on July 7, 2014.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 19.75MB] [Play time: 0 hr 43 min]
Planning Ahead: Issues in End-of-Life Care with Nancy Niedzielski
Speaker Nancy Niedzielski, sponsored by the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation, will discuss of end-of-life issues and practical concerns.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 25.55MB] [Play time: 0 hr 55 min]